LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union governments are set to agree on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants among the hundreds of thousands who have failed to win asylum as they try to cope with a surge in refugees from war-torn Syria.
Diplomats say interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg should agree, among other things, to back the detention of those who may abscond before expulsion and exert more pressure on African and other poor states, including via aid budgets, to make them accept the return of citizens refused entry to Europe.
STRASBOURG (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande, in a rare joint address to the European Parliament on Wednesday, called for unity across the continent to tackle a series of crises that have shaken the EU to its core.
Reprising a historic appearance by earlier German and French leaders, Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand, in the days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, both said more cooperation was needed to handle the arrival of tens of thousands of refugees, as well as sluggish economic growth, a shaken single currency, and confrontations with Russia and Islamic State.
STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande address the European Parliament on Wednesday, hoping to bolster EU cohesion to face interlocking crises in an echo of Franco-German unity in the days after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As Germany marks a quarter century since the reunification of east and west in October 1990, the German chancellor and French president will speak on the challenges facing a European Union altered beyond recognition since their predecessors, Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand, made the last such joint appearance in the Strasbourg assembly on Nov. 22, 1989.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union wants more Turkish cooperation with Greece and other EU neighbors to stem migration flows and in return is ready to offer more funding for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey, according to an EU plan published on Tuesday.
The draft action plan was presented to President Tayyip Erdogan by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, during a visit to Brussels by the Turkish leader. Officials on both sides said the document would form the basis of further negotiations to address the migrant crisis.
LUXEMBOURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The British government won
backing at the EU’s top court on Tuesday in two cases that touch
political nerves as Prime Minister David Cameron prepares for a
referendum on whether to stay in the European Union.
A senior adviser recommended that the European Court of
Justice (ECJ) dismiss a complaint against Britain brought by the
EU executive, which accused London of discriminating against
other citizens of the bloc in setting its residence rules for
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nazi swastikas billowing under the triumphal arch that overlooks Brussels’ European Union district drew the odd gasp from guests of Berlin’s EU mission at an evening to celebrate 25 years since German reunification.
The image was fleeting, a prologue to a sound-and-light show that was a German ‘thank you’ for peace and unity with fellow Europeans since the Berlin Wall fell. But as it fetes the merger of East and West on Oct. 3, 1990, that made Germany the Union’s dominant power, the flashback was a reminder of its struggles to reassure neighbours who again wonder if Berlin can be trusted.
BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Nazi swastikas billowing under
the triumphal arch that overlooks Brussels’ European Union
district drew the odd gasp from guests of Berlin’s EU mission at
an evening to celebrate 25 years since German reunification.
The image was fleeting, a prologue to a sound-and-light show
that was a German ‘thank you’ for peace and unity with fellow
Europeans since the Berlin Wall fell. But as it fetes the merger
of East and West on Oct. 3, 1990, that made Germany the Union’s
dominant power, the flashback was a reminder of its struggles to
reassure neighbours who again wonder if Berlin can be trusted.
(Reuters) – The United States criticized an EU judicial
opinion on Monday that called into question the Safe Harbour
transatlantic data privacy system and Washington urged European
judges to reach a different conclusion.
The U.S. mission to the European Union said an opinion last
week by an adviser to the EU’s top court,
backing an Austrian who alleged Facebook passed private
data to U.S. security services, “rests on numerous inaccurate
assertions about intelligence practices of the United States”.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders pledged at least 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for Syrian refugees in the Middle East and closer cooperation to stem migrant flows into Europe at a summit described as less tense than feared after weeks of feuding.
Chairman Donald Tusk said the meeting, which ended early on Thursday after seven hours of talks in Brussels, was “really excellent, for sure much better than we expected”.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders concluded a summit early on Thursday that was expected to back offers of new aid for Syrian refugees and also patch up bitter divisions over the migration crisis.
Leaders will announce results of the discussions shortly.
Meeting a day after their interior ministers overrode furious objections from four eastern states in a vote that will distribute asylum-seekers around the bloc according to mandatory national quotas, government leaders tried to focus on ways to curb the inflow of migrants that has hit records this summer.